Private jet that skidded off runway still in Tacloban

The private plane carrying government officials that skidded off Tacloban airport Saturday, January 17, 2015. (Photo grab from ANC report)

THE private jet that skidded off the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City during the papal visit in January is still stuck inside the city’s airport complex as probe into the mishap is underway.

Allan M. Cahingcoy, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) Tacloban assistant area manager, said the plane will only be turned over to operator after all investigations are done.

“It’s still there, but it was moved 75 meters away from the center of the runway and it’s not obstructing any aircraft movements on the ground,” he said.

Aside from Caap's aircraft accident investigation and inquiry board, the aircraft manufacturer and an insurance firm have launched separate probe into the mishap.

The Bombardier GL50 executive aircraft, carrying Cabinet secretaries, “swerved and rolled” at the end of the take off runway when it attempted to leave for Manila in the afternoon of January 17 due to strong winds brought by Tropical Storm Amang.

Cabinet officials led by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma were on board the private jet when the incident happened. They were in Tacloban to check the situation of the city during Pope Francis’ visit on that day.

According to Caap, the private jet is operated by Manila-based Challenger Aero Air Corp., a subsidiary of San Miguel Corp. (SMC).

The Aviation Safety Network reported in its website that the jet “sustained substantial damage in a runway excursion accident.” (PNA/Sunnex)
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